Coal Exports by Country

Coal Exports by Country

Leading fossil fuel export

Global sales from coal exports by country totaled US$110.7 billion in 2017. Worldwide, the value of coal exports declined by an average -3.7% for all exporting countries since 2013 when coal shipments were valued at $115 billion with a 50% uptick from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, coal exports from Oceania (mostly Australia with a tiny amount from New Zealand) amounted to $40.6 billion or 36.6% of the global total. Asian exporters generated 20.7% worth, trailed by European suppliers at 17.5% then North American providers at 13.5%.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (6.2%) and Africa (5.4%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 2701 for coal including briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal.

Coal Exports by Country

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of coal during 2017:

  1. Australia: US$40.6 billion (36.6% of total coal exports)
  2. Indonesia: $17.9 billion (16.1%)
  3. Russia: $13.5 billion (12.2%)
  4. United States: $9.9 billion (8.9%)
  5. Colombia: $6.8 billion (6.2%)
  6. South Africa: $5.7 billion (5.2%)
  7. Canada: $5.1 billion (4.6%)
  8. Netherlands: $4.1 billion (3.7%)
  9. Mongolia: $2.2 billion (2%)
  10. China: $1.1 billion (1%)
  11. Poland: $816.9 million (0.7%)
  12. Kazakhstan: $445.3 million (0.4%)
  13. North Korea: $403.6 million (0.4%)
  14. Philippines: $337.4 million (0.3%)
  15. Czech Republic: $331.9 million (0.3%)


 
The listed 15 countries shipped 98.7% of global coal exports during 2017.

Six top coal exporters increased their international sales from 2013 to 2017: Mongolia (up 99.3%), Philippines (up 51.8%), Russia (up 14.5%), Colombia (up 9%), Australia (up 6.1%) and China (up 4.1%).

Among the remaining 9 countries, top coal exporters experiencing the most severe declines over the 5-year period were: North Korea (down -71.7%), Czech Republic (down -43.8%), Poland (down -34.1%), Kazakhstan (down -23.1%) and Indonesia (down -21.5%).

Searchable List of All Coal Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Coal Exports% World Total
1.AustraliaUS$40.6 billion36.6%
2.Indonesia$17.9 billion16.1%
3.Russia$13.5 billion12.2%
4.United States$9.9 billion8.9%
5.Colombia$6.8 billion6.2%
6.South Africa$5.7 billion5.2%
7.Canada$5.1 billion4.6%
8.Netherlands$4.1 billion3.7%
9.Mongolia$2.2 billion2%
10.China$1.1 billion1%
11.Poland$816.9 million0.7%
12.Kazakhstan$445.3 million0.4%
13.North Korea$403.6 million0.4%
14.Philippines$337.4 million0.3%
15.Czech Republic$331.9 million0.3%
16.Vietnam$255.3 million0.2%
17.Belgium$236.6 million0.2%
18.Mozambique$184.8 million0.2%
19.Ukraine$105.5 million0.1%
20.United Kingdom$83 million0.1%
21.Afghanistan$68.8 million0.1%
22.Malaysia$57.9 million0.1%
23.India$55.6 million0.1%
24.Germany$46.3 million0.04%
25.Venezuela$42 million0.04%
26.Spain$35 million0.03%
27.Chile$32 million0.03%
28.Peru$25.4 million0.02%
29.Egypt$24.2 million0.02%
30.Swaziland$21.3 million0.02%
31.France$20.3 million0.02%
32.Iran$19.1 million0.02%
33.Ireland$18.1 million0.02%
34.Slovakia$15.6 million0.01%
35.Turkey$11.0 million0.01%
36.Italy$9.6 million0.01%
37.Marshall Is$9.3 million0.01%
38.Thailand$8.5 million0.01%
39.Lithuania$8.2 million0.01%
40.Botswana$6.9 million0.01%
41.Croatia$6.6 million0.01%
42.United Arab Emirates$5.9 million0.01%
43.Kyrgyzstan$5.1 million0.005%
44.Tanzania$4.8 million0.004%
45.Liberia$4.3 million0.004%
46.Kuwait$4.2 million0.004%
47.Zimbabwe$3.8 million0.003%
48.South Korea$3.1 million0.003%
49.Bulgaria$3.1 million0.003%
50.Finland$2.5 million0.002%
51.Bhutan$2.5 million0.002%
52.Greece$1.7 million0.002%
53.Latvia$1.3 million0.001%
54.Japan$1.1 million0.001%
55.Guam$1 million0.001%
56.Singapore$789,0000.001%
57.Laos$784,0000.001%
58.Slovenia$781,0000.001%
59.Mexico$763,0000.001%
60.Taiwan$643,0000.001%
61.Romania$567,0000.001%
62.Argentina$513,0000.0005%
63.Malawi$424,0000.0004%
64.Kenya$405,0000.0004%
65.Saudi Arabia$277,0000.0003%
66.Austria$255,0000.0002%
67.Sweden$187,0000.0002%
68.Hungary$183,0000.0002%
69.Denmark$182,0000.0002%
70.Cuba$178,0000.0002%
71.Macedonia$171,0000.0002%
72.Georgia$159,0000.0001%
73.Saint Helena$142,0000.0001%
74.Brazil$121,0000.0001%
75.Nigeria$90,0000.0001%
76.Iceland$83,0000.0001%
77.Zambia$55,0000.00005%
78.Belarus$54,0000.00005%
79.Oman$36,0000.00003%
80.Namibia$27,0000.00002%
81.Serbia$26,0000.00002%
82.Portugal$20,0000.00002%
83.Jordan$20,0000.00002%
84.Switzerland$17,0000.00002%
85.Lebanon$16,0000.00001%
86.Bangladesh$15,0000.00001%
87.Nepal$15,0000.00001%
88.Tunisia$14,0000.00001%
89.Tajikistan$13,0000.00001%
90.Moldova$9,0000.00001%
91.Palestine$9,0000.00001%
92.Azerbaijan$8,0000.00001%
93.Ghana$6,0000.00001%
94.Jamaica$5,0000.000005%
95.Luxembourg$4,0000.000004%
96.Dominican Republic$2,0000.000002%
97.Brunei Darussalam$1,0000.000001%
98.Estonia$1,0000.000001%
99.Cambodia$1,0000.000001%
100.Myanmar (Burma)$1,0000.000001%
101.Bosnia/Herzegovina$1,0000.000001%
102.Gabon$1,0000.000001%
103.Côte d'Ivoire$1,0000.000001%
104.Saint Lucia$1,0000.000001%
105.Panama$1,0000.000001%
106.Senegal$1,0000.000001%
107.Trinidad/Tobago$1,0000.000001%

See also Crude Oil Exports by Country and Petroleum Gas Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 19, 2018